Table Of Contents: February 2010

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ITALIAN MASTER: RICCARDO MUTI CONDUCTS THE MET PREMIERE OF ATTILA

Vol. 74, No. 8

Empire Builder: Bass
   Ildar Abdrazakov
Succumbing to Verdi's
   Attila
The Lady Speaks: Kiri
   Te Kanawa in La Fille
   du Régiment


Listening to Samuel Barber and William Grant Still
Reunion: Erie Mills
Sound Bites: Jamie Barton
Farewell to Elisabeth Söderström


Features
opera news On the Record: Riccardo Muti
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F. PAUL DRISCOLL listens to the maestro's expansive discography and examines some of the highlights, ranging from performances of works by Nino Rota and Respighi to interpretations of Verdi and Bellini.
opera news Grandissimo Maestro
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On the eve of his long-awaited Met debut, Riccardo Muti sits down with F. PAUL DRISCOLL to discourse on a range of topics, from his La Scala legacy to his passion for Verdi to the perfectionism that has driven his extraordinary career.
opera news Comes A Horseman
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Bass Ildar Abdrazakov is about to face one of the greatest challenges of his career thus far - the "scourge of God" himself in the Met's Attila. MATTHEW GUREWITSCH chronicles the Russian bass's rising star.
opera news Company Box: Alexander Neef
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In the midst of his second season as general director of Canadian Opera Company, German-born Alexander Neef speaks with TRISTAN KRAFT about the highlights and pitfalls of overseeing Canada's largest opera company.
opera news Conquering Attila
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PATRICK DILLON traces the development of Verdi's early opera, from the powerful historical figure at its center, through the literary variations that inspired it, to the performance history that has led up to its first-ever Met production this month.
opera news From the Archives: On Waiting For a Libretto
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In the January 27, 1958 issue of OPERA NEWS, SAMUEL BARBER chronicled the process by which he came to select an author for - and then uneasily await the completion of - the libretto for Vanessa, the composer's first opera.
opera news The Grand Duchess
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Few people have sung so well for so long as Kiri Te Kanawa, who makes a long-awaited return to New York in La Fille du Régiment. The diva chats with WILLIAM R. BRAUN about the joys and challenges of passing on her wisdom to a new generation.
opera news In and Out of the Mainstream
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BARRY SINGER looks at the careers of Samuel Barber and William Grant Still, two composers whose work reflected the ever-changing path of twentieth-century American music.
Departments
Recordings
In Review
Viewpoint: No Parking Zone
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by F. PAUL DRISCOLL
The OPERA NEWS Awards
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Photos by DARIO ACOSTA
OperaWatch
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by F. PAUL DRISCOLL
On the Beat
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Despite the Celtic Tiger's getting shot in its tracks, Wexford Festival Opera offered up a bountiful 2009 season.
by BRIAN KELLOW
Sound Bites: Jamie Barton
by BRIAN KELLOW
Reunion: Erie Mills
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by SCOTT BARNES
Metropolitan Opera Broadcast: La Fille du Régiment
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Broadcast of February 13, 1:00 P.M.
Metropolitan Opera Broadcast: Ariadne auf Naxos
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Broadcast of February 20, 1:00 P.M.
Metropolitan Opera Broadcast: La Bohème
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Broadcast of February 27, 1:00 P.M.
Books
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A compendium of Wagner scholarship; an "intimate portrait" of Gershwin; John A. Rice explores Mozart's theatrical world; Glyndebourne commissions a collection of short stories on operatic themes.
Dateline
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by TRISTAN KRAFT
Coda: Elisabeth Söderström, 1927-2009
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Stockholm, Sweden, May 7, 1927 - November 20, 2009
BY F. PAUL DRISCOLL

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